Sir Derek Jones KCB

Born and educated in Wales, Derek graduated in Philosophy, with a particular interest in political and ethical theory. He joined the Civil Service, spending most of his early career in Whitehall, at the Treasury and the then DTI, with a wide spread of Fast Stream appointments, from City regulation to industrial and trade policy.

Returning to Wales in 1989, he joined the then Welsh Office as Head of Industrial Policy and subsequently Head of the Finance Division. In 1994, he became the (Under Secretary) Director of the Industry and Training Department responsible for economic support and vocational training throughout Wales. During all this time, he was heavily involved in the major effort to attract investment and jobs to Wales in the face of high unemployment following the decline of the traditional industries.

In 1999 he was appointed Deputy Secretary and Senior Director for Economic Affairs. This period coincided with the creation of devolved Government under the National Assembly. As Senior Director, Derek played a major role in the effective working of the devolved administration. He was awarded a CB in 2008.

Between 2008 and 2012 Derek left government service to become Director, Business and Strategic Partnerships at Cardiff University, leading the University's work to develop productive relationships with business and government.

In 2012, he became Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government taking responsibility for the running of the devolved government and its £15 billion programme budget and as 'chief executive' of the 5,000 staff across Wales and the overseas offices. 

This period also saw further development of autonomous Welsh government, in particular the exercise of primary legislative powers. 
In 2014 Derek was made Knight Commander (KCB) of the Order of the Bath.

He stood down from the Permanent Secretary role early in 2017.

Sir Derek is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and a Vice-President of Cardiff Business Club.

Sir Derek was appointed as Chair of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is Chief Executive of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water - the not-for-profit water and wastewater service provider for three million people across most of Wales, Herefordshire and Deeside.

Prior to this, Chris was the company’s Finance Director after it was acquired by Glas Cymru in May 2001. He played a leading role in co-founding Glas Cymru for the sole purpose of acquiring Welsh Water. Glas Cymru’s unique ownership model means that any surpluses generated from the company’s activities are reinvested directly in the businesses to improve service and value to its customers – and not paid out to shareholders. 

Chris is also a former Non-Executive Director of The Principality Building Society and Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. 

Chris joined the Prince’s Trust Cymru Council in 2009.

Huw Jakeway

Huw joined the Fire Service in 1990. He has worked in a variety of roles across all departments and in 2005, was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor. In 2005, Huw attained an MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan.

Huw was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and his portfolio includes Fleet & Engineering, Innovation & Improvement, Health & Safety, Special Projects, Resilience & Planning, and Development & Review.

On 14 March 2011, Huw was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Service Delivery lead on Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire Control and Performance Management.
From 1 December 2011, Huw became Acting Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Risk Reduction lead on Community Fire Safety & Partnerships, Legislative Fire Safety, Performance Management and Workforce Negotiations.

On the 28 September 2012, Huw was appointed as Chief Fire Officer by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

David Parry-Jones

As Vice President for Northern Europe at VMware, David Parry-Jones is responsible for VMware’s business strategy and growth across the region, helping its customers and partners accelerate their journey to the Software Defined world and the cloud.

David is originally from Anglesey in North Wales but his parents moved to Saudi Arabia in 1976. He attended boarding school at Rydal in Colwyn Bay, before studying Physics at UCNW in Bangor and attaining a postgraduate qualification in teaching. He then left Wales to work in the North Sea doing Seismic Surveys.

David joined VMware in 2012 from Microsoft where he had held a number of senior leadership roles. With a successful career in IT spanning two decades, he worked at a number of companies before MIcrosoft including BT and IBM.

He now lives in Ascot, Berkshire with his wife Clare, who also works in the IT Industry for Computacenter, and his two children Bryn and Eve. His hobbies include rugby, cycling and cooking for the family. He also has a house on the coast near St David’s in Pembrokeshire and loves his time there. His parents are now back from Saudi and have retired back to the family home in Llandegfan.

Jemma Terry

Jemma Terry, Managing Partner, Wales Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Jemma is Managing Partner and founder of the Odgers Executive Search office and team in Wales, covering the Private, Public and Charitable Sectors and based in Cardiff. She has 20+ years search experience delivering Executive, Non-Executive and senior management assignments across all functions.

Jemma is also Director of the Cardiff Business Club; Governor of the University of South Wales; Trustee of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; Member of the CBI Council for Wales and an Ambassador for Pembrokeshire, where she was born and raised.

Jemma's early career includes completion of Marks and Spencer’s Graduate Management Programme before assuming commercial and operational management roles in stores and head office. Jemma has a BSc Honours in Management Science & French with subsidiary Maths & Spanish and is a graduate of one of France's celebrated 'Grandes Ecoles' business management schools - L' Ecole Superieure de Commerce.

Matt Jukes

Matt joined the police service in 1995 and became Deputy Chief Constable of South Wales Police in August 2013.

Matt served with South Yorkshire Police for 15 years, principally in crime and intelligence posts. During this time Matt worked with the forerunner of National Counter Terrorism (CT) Policing for several years and remains a CT Commander. His last role for the force was as a Divisional Commander.

Matt joined South Wales Police in 2010 as Assistant Chief Constable of Specialist Crime, responsible for all specialist crime matters including major crime investigation, intelligence, public protection, and covert operations.

Now Deputy Chief Constable, Matt has responsibility for performance, planning and the organisation’s change management programme, as well as overseeing the Corporate Communications and joint governance arrangements with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Matt is the national police lead for acquisitive crime and a member of the Home Office Modern Crime Prevention Forum. In 2015 he was Programme Director for the establishment of National Police Chiefs Council. In Wales, he continues to work with health partners in Wales on behalf of the Welsh Chief Officer Group.  

Matt became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Sasha Davies

Sasha took up the post of ‘Head of Strategic Development Wales’ for Horizon Nuclear Power in May 2016. Based at the Wylfa site office, Sasha has responsibility for the local, regional and all Wales Stakeholder engagement activity, provides a strategic overview and coordination in the work areas of: local/Wales business supply chain, education and skills, Welsh language and culture, voluntary community benefit, Wales communications and media.

From July 2012 until April 2016, Sasha held the post of Strategic Director of Economy and Place at Conwy County Borough Council and was the Welsh Local Government Association Regional European Advisor for North Wales.

Sasha has previously held several posts (between 1994 to 2005) within the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) in Cardiff, Brussels and North Wales, including Business Development Manager (Central Europe), Inward Investment Manager and Strategy Manager.  She was Head of Economic Development at Isle of Anglesey Council between 2005 and 2012 including a 3 year secondment as Programme Director of the Anglesey Energy Island Programme.

Since January 2017, Sasha is Chair of the Welsh Government North Wales Regional Skills Partnership.

Sasha became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Ian Price

Ian became Director CBI Wales in January 2017, after 11 years of being Assistant Director for both Wales and South West of England. Ian joined the CBI as Assistant Director in September 2005. Ian’s role initially involved supporting Welsh and South West businesses with local and national government interface. Ian represented the CBI public sector procurement issues, he also specialises in HR and Employment, and he also headed up SME work for Wales and the South West of England.  He commentates on behalf of the CBI in the media and writes a regularly for business magazines, local and national press on business related issues.

Prior to joining the CBI Ian worked in recruitment for a number of years and was a Director at Acorn Recruitment, one of the UK’s leading recruitment companies.

Ian was in the Royal Air Force for 9 years and served in the Falklands during 1982 and received the South Atlantic Campaign medal

Ian became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Richard Selby

Richard Selby co-founded Pro Steel Engineering in 2012, having previously worked for Mabey Bridge for over ten years. Pro Steel Engineering is a steelwork construction services firm, working on prestigious projects such as the rejuvenation of the Olympic Park and the extension of Twickenham Stadium. The firm added a fabrication facility in 2016 in response to demands from clients along with a multitude of additional service offerings.

Pro Steel Engineering has recently embarked on relationships with local colleges to provide workplace experience for students working towards their qualifications in construction and engineering. Through this, Richard hopes to encourage more young people into the industry to help lessen the skills shortage.

In 2016, Pro Steel Engineering was named as the fastest growing firm in Manufacturing and Engineering at the Fast Growth 50 awards, and came second in the overall list of fastest growing businesses, with just 6 per cent of growth separating it from the overall winners.  Pro Steel Engineering has also won a number of other high profile industry awards.

Richard Selby is an active member of the Welsh business community. He is a member of the IoD, the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Cardiff Capital Region Council and the CBI Enterprise Forum and has recently been appointed to the Construction Sector Group for the Learning Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSKIP) advising Welsh Government. Richard uses these platforms to provide a voice for business to influence Government policy making.

Richard became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Alwen Williams

Alwen joined BT in 1996 soon after leaving school. 

After founding her early career in customer service and training, Alwen went on to develop her professional career in communications, marketing and change management. 

Initially learning her trade as corporate communications executive to the Regional Director for BT Wales, Alwen has come full circle and back to her home country to take on her current role.

Before this Alwen worked on the Broadband Britain marketing campaign which saw 1M broadband customers across the UK connected in 2013.  

Alwen then held a number of HR roles in Openreach, specialising in employee engagement and culture change and transformational change programmes affecting a mobile workforce of over 30K people. 

Before returning to Wales, Alwen led the engagement, communication and business adoption strategy and plan for BT’s HR Transformation programme, impacting c.100K employees in the UK and across 71 countries globally. 

Alwen was appointed as BT Director Wales in September 2015. She is a co-opted member of both the Business Wales Board and the Deeside Enterprise Zone Advisory Board. Alwen has also recently joined the CBI council for Wales. 

Alwen became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Wayne Harvey

Wayne is a Senior Partner at Deloitte.

Wayne has been in practice for over 30 years and a partner for 20 years. He advises international businesses on acquisition planning, cross border issues and business structuring. He advises private equity houses, management teams and company founders on transactional matters, liaising with lawyers and funders. 

He has worked with many fast-growing businesses as well as global groups. Wayne Harvey previously worked a two and a half year period at Deloitte’s Reading office. Prior to this, he worked for 12 years as a senior tax partner at Ernst & Young, in both Cardiff and Bristol.

Wayne is also a member of the CBI council for Wales.

Wayne became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Steffan Williams

Steffan joined Porta Communications Plc, the holding company of Newgate Communications, in October 2015 and was appointed CEO in October 2016. This followed a twenty year career spent providing communications counsel to enterprises, organisations and governments. 

He has led a large number of high profile financial and corporate communications campaigns particularly working at CEO or practice leader level, and often dealing with multiple geographies and stakeholder audiences. 

Steffan was previously a Partner at Finsbury. Before this he founded Capital MSL, which he ran for thirteen years before selling it to Publicis Groupe where he then took on a leadership role across the EMEA region.

He is the Chairman of the PRCA - the voice of the Public Relations and Communicatons industry in the UK.

He provides advice to a number of charities pro bono including The Prince's Trust, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and The World Monument Fund. 

He is a Special Advisor to the Iraq Britain Business Council and an Old Member's Trustee at Lincoln College, Oxford University. He sits on the Advisory Development Board of Swansea University. 

Steffan is a frequent guest speaker on communications.

Steffan became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in July 2017.